Mariposa Must-Haves: February

February 3, 2014

Mariposa Must-Haves: February


If you read my blog regularly, you know that I love to share with you. I share my story, my thoughts, my struggles and what I’ve learned along the way. My hope is that through my sharing, I offer you hope, encouragement and relatability. And maybe get you thinking more deeply about your true self.

Well, I have something new to share with you today! I’m always coming across things that inspire me. So I thought, why not share what I’m loving at the moment with you!

I’ve decided to begin a monthly post where I feature 3 of my ‘must-haves’. I’ll tell you why I am loving these at the moment and how they can help you, too!

So, here you have it: Mariposa Must-Haves for February!

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  • Coconut Oil

I’m basically obsessed with coconut oil at the moment. You can use it for almost anything! Plus, it has so many wonderful health and beauty benefits. I use it to cook my morning eggs, as the medium-chain fatty acids are more heart healthy than the animal fats found in butter. Coconut oil is safe to cook with because it doesn’t oxidize during heating like olive oil.

I use organic, virgin cold pressed coconut oil on my skin every day. Coconut oil is a fantastic moisturizer that keeps skin soft and glowing. It contains a natural SPF 4. I was skeptical to use coconut oil directly on my face as I have a tendency to break out, but my skin stays clear and smooth with using it. A tiny amount goes a long way. I always apply it to my face, neck and the back of my hands. You can also use it as a basic lotion anywhere on your beautiful body!

Coconut oil can be used to remove stubborn eye make-up or mascara. Just dab a cotton pad in some melted oil and gently wipe your eye make-up away. It’s that easy! Coconut oil is also great to moisturize a flaky scalp or dry hair. As you can see, this stuff is amazing!

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  • Book: The Rules of “Normal” Eating by Karen R. Koenig

My dietician highly recommended this book and it was a major component in my recovery towards developing a healthy relationship with my body and food. This book is not just for people who struggle with eating disorders. It is fabulous for anyone who has an unhealthy relationship with food, weight and body image: dieters, emotional eaters, and ‘everyone in between’.

In this book, you’ll learn the rules that “normal” eaters intuitively follow, how to transform unhealthy habits and negative thinking, how to manage your feelings without turning to food and how to feel healthy and sane around food.

One of my favorite quotes from the introduction of the book says,

The transformation [of becoming a ‘normal’ eater] can’t help but set your life on an upward spiral towards health and happiness. . .the way you relate to yourself and the rest of the world will undergo a genuine metamorphosis.

Purchase the book here



  • Meditation

I’ve heard about the benefits of meditation for years but never brought myself to actually doing it. Funny thing is, you aren’t really meant to do much at all. And that was the problem for me. We live in a world of busyness and distractions. When we have the world at our finger tips {thanks, iPhone!}, we’re easily distracted by texts, emails, Internet searches, YouTube and social media.. I hesitated to meditate because I thought it would be hard to just sit still. To be honest, it was at first.

Start out by listening to a guided meditation as this will help you stay focused on the meditation rather than thinking about other things. If your mind drifts, don’t judge, just bring it back to the present moment. This doesn’t have to be a long practice. I usually meditate for 10-15 minutes. We all have 10 minutes in our day that could be used more constructively. I’ve just started waking up a bit earlier, and it’s been worth it!

I have discovered so many benefits from taking intentional time each morning to calmly and consciously be still and be present. I feel more balanced and more peaceful going into the day ahead. I am more aware of my body and in tune with myself. It’s been a wonderful spiritual practice for me.

Click here for a beautiful guided meditation by Australian wellness advocate, Melissa Ambrosini

I hope you try one, if not all, of my February Must-Haves.

What are you loving at the moment? Leave a comment below!

Lots of love,


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6 thoughts on “Mariposa Must-Haves: February

  1.'Janina Tiner

    Hey, Sarah Kate, I’m very intrigued by your new monthly feature and will be looking each month for new installments. I checked out the link to Melissa Ambrosini and am impressed. Thank you for the positive motivators towards whole wellness; mind, body and soul.

    1. Sarah Kate Post author

      Thanks for your words of encouragement. Meditation has been such a huge benefit in my life recently. Major spiritual shifts happen when I am still and connect with God. Glad you enjoyed my post.


    Wow, Sarah Kate, all three sound great! I have done meditation and agree with all you said.
    I just finished reading, “The God of the Mundane.” It’s about a god who is present in those of us who live a mundane “normal” life. We don’t have to live a “radical” life to please God.
    Thanks for the post.

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